June 2020

AP&T joins with NPA Plast to manufacture protective aprons for healthcare professionals

By | June 30th, 2020|Member News|

In the wake of Covid-19, one of the presses at the AP&T test centre in Ulricehamn, Sweden, is running two shifts, but rather than cutting steel, it's cutting plastics to make protective aprons for healthcare professionals. “A while back, NPA Plast in Ljungby, Sweden contacted us asking for help with increasing their production of plastic protective aprons. Up until this time, they mainly cut their plastic manually. Naturally, we wanted to help, as of the end of May, production at our Ulricehamn facility,” Patrik Haglund of AP&T  Bundles of plastic [...]

Raybould Machine Tools is now the UK Distributor for mechanical and hydraulic power presses from Pressix

By | June 24th, 2020|Member News|

Raybould Machine Tools Ltd is a worldwide dealer and supplier of new and pre-owned machinery, it predominantly works with companies within the metal pressing and forming industry. It is delighted to announce the agreement to act as the Official UK Distributor for the range of mechanical and hydraulic power presses, manufactured by Pressix® of Italy. Pressix® manufactures a wide range of high quality, open-fronted gap frame, adjustable-stroke and mechanical power presses, with capacity ranges from 25 to 250 tonnes. Straight-sided presses, with one or two connecting rods, offer a choice [...]

Rapid-clamping system continuously monitors clamping point and production process

By | June 18th, 2020|Member News|

R0emheld's new rapid-clamping system for presses and punches meets with lively customer interest. "Many press operators like the fact that their systems can be digitized and networked with little effort," says Andreas Reich, Product Area Manager for Die and Mould Clamping Technology. The innovation is easy to operate, inexpensive to purchase and easy to retrofit. “The benefits of technology can thus be easily experienced.”: adds Reich.  Flexline I 4.0-ready, clamps the upper-die on the press ram. It is designed for use in automated clamping systems and industrial 4.0 applications. It [...]

Streamline your production with KALLER multi-tool for effective flanging

By | June 4th, 2020|Member News|

Are you interested in streamlining your production and lowering your costs? Find out how this can be achieved with our multi-tool for effective flanging here. With smart, simplified tool design KALLER has made it possible to combine functions in already existing dies. The customer, in this case, asked for a more efficient, and cost-effective way to perform the flanging operation on a support beam. By applying our product, the KALLER Flex Cam, we developed a solution to implement flanging into the existing piercing/trimming operation and merge them into one. Not [...]

May 2020

The world-leading brand for nitrogen gas springs and gas hydraulic systems

By | May 13th, 2020|Member News|

This week our Member Spotlight turns to KALLER, the world-leading brand for nitrogen gas springs and gas hydraulic systems. It's target markets are the stamping, tooling and counterbalance application sector. They also supply hydraulic suspension systems to the heavy-duty off-road vehicles market. Tell us about the history of KALLER? The company behind KALLER is Strömsholmen, based in a small community, Tranås in Sweden. The company is part of Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), located in the United States. Strömsholmen have been in business since 1876 and for many years have [...]

UK Reshoring Programme: MMMA urge Members to ‘Get on board’

By | May 12th, 2020|Member News|

Over the past two years, the MMMA has supported the UK Reshoring programme initiated by the GTMA. During this time, many hours have been spent putting together a strategy, website design and a UK manufacturing network. The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing the frailties of many UK supply chains, underlining just how reliant they are on the overseas supply for critical items. There should be more impetus put on re-establishing UK production of these parts to protect SME manufacturing. Twenty-two leading industrial engineering associations are behind the growing Reshoring UK initiative. [...]

KALLER Gas Spring Safety and Maintenance Training Courses

By | May 7th, 2020|Member News|

 It is vital to have basic gas spring technology knowledge, both in theory and practice. Training is a useful tool for maintaining quality, development and revenues. Without a doubt, the KALLER UK maintenance and technology training program is the best and most creative way to fully understand, and appreciate the importance of our safety and reliability features. The training will consist of safe use and understanding of nitrogen-filled gas springs and systems. It will include practical demonstrations and hands-on training including: Fault Diagnosis charging and discharging of gas springs repair [...]

Increase production productivity with KALLER speed control gas springs

By | May 6th, 2020|Member News|

The KALLER Speed Control Gas Springs have been designed to reduce or eliminate blank holder bounce. Speed Control Gas Springs work by slowing down the speed at which the blank holder travels, just before it reaches the start position. This is achieved by damping the Speed Control’s piston rod, returning speed to 0.4 m/s during the last 30 mm of piston rod travel. Are you interested in solutions that can increase your production productivity? Speed, safety and reliability in production tools are critical factors for vehicle manufacturers. Production stopped due [...]

April 2020

The MMMA Response to Covid-19

By | April 9th, 2020|Member News, Uncategorised|

Dear Members, Covid-19 Response  First of all, I hope all our members of the MMMA are well and keeping safe in these very testing times. Above all else our families and loved ones should be our main priority. Covid-19 Response  MACH 2018 None of us know how long the lockdown will continue for and it’s going to be a learning curve as we have never seen before in our lifetime, both personally and in business. As always, we remain strong and continue thinking forward, you should all now [...]

February 2020

Production of complex-shaped car body components: AP&T demonstrates capabilities in tooling for hot forming of high-strength Aluminum

By | February 12th, 2020|Member News|

With AP&T’s production technology for hot forming of aluminum, body components which traditionally consist of several joined parts can be formed in a single step. This technology enables net shape forming and thus also reduced production time and costs for car manufacturers. To demonstrate the possibilities, AP&T conducted a development project in order to design and manufacture a new tool for complex hot forming. The outcome of the project is a concrete example of what AP&T can offer the automotive industry in terms of efficiently building lighter and safer cars [...]